The electoral district of Oxley is a located on Mid-North Coast of NSW. Oxley covers all of Bellingen, Kempsey and Nambucca councils and parts of the Port Macquarie-Hastings council area. The main towns in the Oxley are Kempsey, Nambucca Heads, Wauchope and Bellingen.
According to 2016 Census data, Oxley has:
A population of 72,842 (46,519 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,981 enrolled);
A higher than average median age at 48;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 10.8% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $915 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Oxley has existed since 1920, apart from the 1988 election. Oxley has been held by Country/National Party continuously since 1965.
National Andrew Stoner was elected to Oxley in 1999, following the retirement of National Bruce Jeffery. Stoner remained member until his retirement in 2015. Stoner was succeeded by Melinda Pavey, who had been a Nationals upper house MP since 2002.
Melinda Pavey (NAT)
Pavey is the Nationals candidate for Oxley in the 2019 election, and the current member. Pavey has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015. Pavey was previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 2002 and 2015. Pavey became the National’s youngest New South Wales MP at the age of 33.
Pavey grew up on a dairy farm and began work as a radio journalist with 2UW in Sydney. In 1988 took up a position as a media officer for Mark Singleton, the then-Minister for Administrative Services. Pavey spent the next decade working for several MPs.
Pavey is Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.
Susan Jenvey (LAB)
Jenvey is running as the Labor candidate for Oxley in the 2019 election.
Jenvey is currently a Nambucca Shore Councillor and has a background in journalism. Jenvey has been P&C President of Nambucca Heads High, is currently treasurer of peak regional organisation Arts Mid North Coast and secretary for Country Labor's Oxley state electoral council.